Information on GHB Withdrawal Delirium Syndrome Saratoga Springs NY

GHB, a naturally occurring metabolite of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that mediates sleep cycles, cerebral metabolism, memory and emotional control. Synthetic GHB, originally used by body builders for its putative anabolic effects, has more recently been abused for its sedative, euphoriant and aphrodisiac effects and as a “rave” and “date rape” drug.

Saratoga County Alcohol and
(518) 587-8800
254 Church Street
Saratoga Springs, NY
Hotline
(518) 587-8800
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Substance abuse
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Women, Men, Criminal justice clients

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Hedgerow House Apartment Program
(518) 885-3872
994 Route 67
Ballston Spa, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

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Conifer Park Inc
(518) 399-6446
79 Glenridge Road
Glenville, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents
Language Services
Spanish

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820 River Street Inc
(518) 743-0475
13 Crandall Street
Glens Falls, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Halfway house
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Men, Criminal justice clients

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Glen Falls Hospital
(518) 747-8001
340 Main Street
Hudson Falls, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, Spanish

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Saint Peters Addiction Recovery Center
(518) 885-6884
433 Geyser Road
Ballston Spa, NY
Hotline
(518) 885-6884
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, Criminal justice clients

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Hedgerow House Chemical Dependency
(518) 885-3872
994 Route 67
Ballston Spa, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Criminal justice clients

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Center for Recovery
(518) 926-7200
101 Ridge Street
Glens Falls, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse , Buprenorphine Services
Types of Care
Outpatient
Special Programs/Groups
Adolescents, Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Women, Men, Criminal justice clients
Language Services
ASL or other assistance for hearing impaired, French, Spanish

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Bridge Center of Schenectady Inc
(518) 346-1277
72 Union Avenue
Schenectady, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Women, Men

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New Hope Manor Inc
(845) 557-8353
35 Hillside Road
Barryville, NY
Services Provided
Substance abuse
Types of Care
Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Special Programs/Groups
Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Pregnant/postpartum women, Women, Residential beds for clients' children, DUI/DWI offenders, Criminal justice clients

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Information on GHB Withdrawal Delirium Syndrome

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is the most dangerous and well-known drug to abuse, is unfamiliar to many psychiatric professionals. Recent cases of severe GHB withdrawal delirium have occurred in psychiatric settings, making it necessary for psychiatric professionals to be informed about the management of these patients.

GHB, a naturally occurring metabolite of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that mediates sleep cycles, cerebral metabolism, memory and emotional control. Synthetic GHB, originally used by body builders for its putative anabolic effects, has more recently been abused for its sedative, euphoriant and aphrodisiac effects and as a “rave” and “date rape” drug.

GHB was previously available in health food stores and gyms, and it was marketed for its purported muscle building and fat burning effects. In 1990, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the manufacture and distribution of GHB after receiving several reports of abuse leading to coma and seizures. Precursor compounds such as gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) and 1, 4-butanediol (BD), which can be converted by the body or simple chemical processing into GHB, remained available over the Internet. GHB is easily manufactured by illicit laboratories or by “home brew” recipes that have been published in books and on the Internet. Despite the FDA’s attempts to control distribution of these compounds, they remain widely available to body build...

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